Bad faith

lack of honesty and trust:
Bad faith on the part of both negotiators doomed the talks from the outset.
Contemporary Examples

It’s the same old story: congressional (and largely though not wholly Republican) bad faith.
Should a New York Times Columnist Know What She’s Talking About? Michael Tomasky April 30, 2013

Nor do the statements say anything about people who may have used the memos in bad faith.
The Torture Problem Is Going to Get Worse John Sifton April 17, 2009

But when that plane has gone down because of humans acting in bad faith, there are consequences, there is hell to pay.
The Malaysian Air Tragedy Reawakens a Primal Fear Kelly Williams Brown July 18, 2014

First, one lesson of health care is that lengthy negotiations can be sabotaged by bad faith.
Slow Down, Obama! Matthew Yglesias April 25, 2010

It will also be accompanied by hysterical whining, odious self-righteousness, and mutual accusations of bad faith.
Last Chance Saloon Daniel Gavron January 27, 2013

Historical Examples

Nor could the progressive reformers refuse a definition of the matter, under suspicion of bad faith.
Railroads: Rates and Regulations William Z. Ripley

We will meet aggression and bad faith with resolve and strength.
United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches Various

Her bad faith as a good mother seeks shelter behind her child, your son is her accomplice.
The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete Honore de Balzac

It seemed an abominable episode, a piece of bad faith on the part of fate.
Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

Not a suspicion of his uncle’s bad faith, or of any conspiracy against himself, entered the mind of our hero.
Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger

intention to deceive; treachery or dishonesty (esp in the phrase in bad faith)
Also called mauvaise foi. (in the philosophy of the 20th-century French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre) self-deception, as when an agent regards his actions as conditioned by circumstances or conventions in order to evade his own responsibility for choosing them freely


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